The Harry Potter series is something I grew up with. My mom read them to me before bed when I was in first grade, and by third I had started to read them myself for the second time. About to leave for college, I wanted to bring something with me that could be a comfort (and considering the pandemic I thought it may be useful if that comfort item could also serve as entertainment). I decided to bring a set of all of the Harry Potter books, and within a month of living here I am about to finish the very last one.
Think about what things are comforting to you. Maybe photos of home or a special mug? Maybe a favorite movie or an old journal? The possibilities are endless because the only thing that matters is that it’s something that’s comforting for YOU!
I think comfort items can be overlooked in typical planning and “what to bring” lists, but they are very essential. These are the things that will remind you of home or make you feel better when something just isn’t going your way – and there will be those days. Every morning since I have lived in my apartment I have gotten up and grabbed one of my books. I sit alone in our living room in the quiet of the morning and read. Moments like these are the most comforting to me and they keep me from missing home too much. With everything in your life changing all at once, keep something constant.
I highly recommend books (and the Harry Potter books specifically), but comfort items are definitely very personal choices. For me, Harry Potter transports me to another world and lets me relax my mind for a bit when I read. Think about the things you have that do something similar or in some way comfort you, and make sure you bring some along!